Music school, cabana

variances are granted

The Aurora School of Music was granted five variances so it can build an addition at 211 S. Chillicothe Road at the board of zoning appeals' March 12 meeting.

Jeff Myers of the Dave Sommer & Associates architectural firm told panelists the property represents a practical difficulty for expansion because it is L-shaped, thus requiring several variances.

The variances were to allow a 42-foot front yard setback (instead of the required 50 feet), to allow parking 8 feet from the rear property line (50 feet required), five feet from one side property line (10 feet required), to allow parking one foot from the other side property line (50 feet required when adjacent to a residential area) and to allow 10-by-18-foot parking space (10-by-20 required).

Nearby resident Michael Bungo and city Economic Development Director Jack Burge voiced support for the variances.

Nearby resident Jeff Clark expressed many concerns with traffic and parking. He favored more planning and study before the variances were granted, and said the project is "shoe-horned" into a piece of land that is too small to accommodate it.

In other matters, the panel OK'd tywo variances so Aaron Grossman of Fox Run Trail could build a cabana that will exceed the code maximum of 15 feet high by 3 feet and that will be 1,050 square feet when the code allows only 1,000 square feet.

The panel elected Terese Fennell as chairman for 2014 and Bernard McCarrell as vice chairman.

Notice requirements

for variances mulled

In response to recent suggestions by Councilman Jim Vaca about how the city notifies residents about board of zoning appeals variance hearings, interim planning-zoning-building director Denise Januska provided details of her study into the matter at the planning commission's March 19 meeting.

She said the Ohio Revised Code only requires notices of the hearings be published in a newspaper. Aurora does that, as well as posts a sign on the property in question and mails notices to property owners within a distance of 750 feet.

She said in neighboring communities, the notice distances range from "contiguous" to 100, 250 or 300 feet, which are substantially less than Aurora's requirement.

All planning panelists were in favor of reducing the notice distance, and 300 feet was deemed appropriate, but no final decision was rendered, since the panel wants to receive input from the BZA before deciding Any change in the notice process must be approved by City Council.

In the only action item, panelists approved a minor subdivision / lot split for Capital L Corp. at 1340 Page Road.

Property owner Louis Telerico said he wants to split a 19.2-acre parcel into three parcels of 5, 5.8 and 8.4 acres, and noted he has a potential buyer for one parcel.

History museum sets

opening of exhibition

The Aurora Historical Society will add a new permanent exhibition to its museum.

"Early Aurora: Before the Pioneers" will debut May 15 at 7 p.m. at the spring appetizer/dessert meeting of the historical society.

The 48-square-foot exhibition tells the story of life in Aurora before the founding families migrated from New England. "Early Aurora" looks at animals, plants and natives living here, and early contract between natives and settlers.

The event will be in the gallery and museum on the lower level of Aurora Memorial Library. A guest speaker will be on hand.

The public is welcome to attend. Call Kathlyn Brown at 330-562-0743 for additional information.

Sign up to vote soon

The deadline to register to vote in the May 6 primary election is April 7. Residents can register at Portage County high schools, libraries, auto license bureaus and the County Administration Building in Ravenna. For information, call 330-297-3511 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Planting of pinwheels

planned at Aurora PD

To bring the visual message of child abuse prevention to Aurora, pinwheels will spin for 14 days (April 4-18) on the lawn in front of the police department. This year is the ninth anniversary encouraging and celebrating Aurora as a safer community for children.

The Children's Advocacy Center will welcome Harmon School's Beta Club as pinwheel planters. LaQuita Timberlake and Melissa Croghan will join their students to create a colorful eye-catching display.

Those interested in learning more about Pinwheels for Prevention or volunteering to help with the Aurora display can call Judy Paydock at the Children's Advocacy Center at 330-297-8837.

Thanks go to the community for being a strong voice for children and knowing that every voice counts. Combined voices create a chorus of caring for the health and safety of children. If only one child's life is better or safer because of the spinning pinwheels message, all the efforts are worthwhile.

Library's hours noted

Local residents are reminded that Aurora Memorial Library's hours are: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdaysa nd Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Thursdays and Sundays.